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Constitutional Law
Environmental and Natural Resources Law
Constitutional Law Writing Seminar

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Jan G. Laitos

Constitutional Law
Environmental and Natural Resources Law

John A Carver, Jr. Professor of Law

B.A., 1968, Yale University
J.D., 1971, University of Colorado
S.J.D., 1975, University of Wisconsin

Jan Laitos holds the John A. Carver Jr. Chair in Natural Resources and Environmental Law at the University of Denver Sturm College Of Law. He is a Reporter for the Planning and Environmental Law Review (published by the American Planning Association); a regional board member of the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute; and Trustee of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law foundation. He was Vice Chair of the Colorado Water Quality Control Commission. He has received the University of Denver’s Distinguished Teaching Award, and was selected a “DU Law Star.” Prior to joining the faculty at the Law school, he was the law clerk to the Chief Justice for the Colorado Supreme Court, and an attorney with the Office of Legal Counsel within the United States Department of Justice. He is the author of thirteen books and treatises, published by West, Foundation Press, Aspen, Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Duke University Press, and Bradford Press.

He has worked as a consultant on several cases decided by the 9th Circuit Court of Federal appeals, the Montana Supreme Court, the Nevada Supreme Court, the Idaho Supreme court, and the Colorado Supreme Court, and on several cert. petitions before the United States Supreme Court.

He has lectured at Austral University Law School in Buenos Aires, Argentina, at the European Network For Housing Research Institute in Istanbul, Turkey, at the Central European University, Budapest, Hungary, the National University of Ireland at Galway, Ireland, the University of Oslo, Norway, and the University of Tarragona, Spain.

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Featured Publications

  • Hornbook on Natural Resources Law (forthcoming) West Academic (2015).
  • The Problem of Amenity Migrants in North America and Europe, 45 The Urban Lawyer (2014).
  • Zombie Subdivisions in America and Ghost Developments in Europe: Lessons for Local Governments, co-authored with Rachel Martin, Denver Law Review Online (April 2014).
  • Law of Property Rights Protection: Limitations on Governmental Powers, Aspen Publishers (2013).
  • Principles of Natural Resources Law, West Academic (with Zellmer) (2014).